"William Oddie's fine account of Chesterton's early intellectual formation--as he moved from a life-shaking skepticism to a convinced and self-critical faith--is a helpful corrective to the notion that, like a latter-day Athena, GKC sprang from the godhead as a full-blown defensor fidei . ...Oddie [has] tunneled deep into the Chesterton archives at the British Library to give us fresh access, via unpublished notebooks and uncollected journal articles, to the makign of the great man's mind. In so doing, [he] has made crucial corrections and modifications to prior interpretations of Chesterton." --Christian Century
"In his brilliant study Chesterton and the Romance of Orthodoxy, William Oddie revisits Chesterton's formative years to show how his critique of the modern culminated in Orthodoxy (1908) one of his finest books... Whether familiar or unfamiliar with Chesterton, readers will benefit from Oddie's insightful researches." --Books & Culture
"Chesterton and the Romance of Orthodoxy is the most ground-breaking work on Chesterton since Maisie Ward's seminal 1944 biography. ...It should be on the shelf of everyone interested in Chesterton." --Catholic World Report
"This volume is the first part of what promises to be the definitive intellectual biography of Chesterton ... Oddie thoroughly and convincingly plumbs Chesterton's intellectual development." --Culture Wars
About the Author
Dr William Oddie is a former editor of The Catholic Herald and author of a number of books on literary and theological themes.